|Ode to Gravity: Rubber Stamp Art|
The Ellis Rubber Stamp Co. was founded in 1929 by H.R. Ellis and his son, Walter, who continues to produce rubber stamps of over 1000 different visual designs plus custom stamps for regular retail customers. Charles Amirkhanian, Ken Friedman and Carol Law have produced a series of graphic works exclusively utilizing rubber stamp images. In this program Charles talks with Walter Ellis and several of his employees at the Ellis Co...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Rubber Stamps
|Ode to Gravity: Interspecies Music|
For many years, Jim Nollman has explored the limits of human-animal communication. Along the way he has made some highly provocative tapes. In this program he talks with Charles Amirkhanian and introduces his recordings, including his now famous “Turkey Song”, in which human slide whistlers perform a call-and-response improvisation with the flock of gobblers at the Willy Bird Farm. Also heard is a recording of a colony of kangaroo rats and wild burros, made during a recent visit to Death Val...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Jim Nollman
|Ode to Gravity: An Indelible Admixture|
Sped up host Sparky, presents an indelible admixture of organ music, jazz, and sound poetry. First heard is “Liberation Waltz” by (or from) the Berkeley, California based Felicity Facility. This is followed by a selection of musical settings by David Durrah and his jazz band poems of poems by Edward Mycue. The program then concludes with two word-tape pieces by Selrahc Nimajneb Nainahkrima, (a.k.a...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Sound Poetry
|Ode To Gravity: Kenward Elmslie|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York poet Kenward Elmslie, author of numerous books including Circus Nerves, Motor Disturbances, The Orchid and Album. Elmslie has also written librettos for several operas: Miss Julie by Ned Rorem and The Sweet Bye and Bye and Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson. On this program Elmslie reads some beautifully wacky verse from his recent books including some he has composed tunes for, and introduces two songs from the musical comedy The Grass Harp (music by Claibe Ric...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview; Poetry; Kenward Elmslie
|Ode to Gravity: The Public Imagination|
Amirkhanian interviews participants at an unusual visual arts conference held at DeBenneville Pines in the San Bernardino National Forest. Included are Ken Friedman, director of the conference and a renowned visual artist, Barbara Haskell, curator of the Pasadena Art Museum, and Wayne Arneson. Harvard Divinity School student who discusses his school for people who might want to live on other planets...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Modern Art
|Ode to Gravity: New musical releases of 1983|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three remarkable new LP's and an old classic from 1979. (1) Life is a Killer - mostly rock pieces by poets, including Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Jayne Cortez, John Giorno, Brion Gysin, Rose Lesniak, and Ned Sublette (Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 027); (2) Machine Guitars - by Dutch composer Remko Scha, who plays electric guitars with saber saws, ropes and flexible metal rods; (3) Piano Solo, Vol...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Popular Music
|Ode To Gravity: Bon Bonn Bon|
Originally broadcast on the evening of the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's birth this program would have had the deaf composer holding his head in amazement. An energetic mix of assorted musical genres, this program combines the madness one would associate with the Fugs with the elegance reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne, with a healthy dose of jazz and a little bit of poetry by Ezra Pound thrown in for seasoning...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Classical Music
|Ode to Gravity: Rain-Drain by Karlheinz Martens|
Another auditory collage of poetry, music, stories and sounds from Charles Amirkhanian’s groundbreaking radio program, “Ode To Gravity”. In this edition you will hear Charles recite a poem by Nano Valaorites, some quiet jazz music, and a short story read by its author, Mort Bennett, among other assorted aural amusements. Don’t worry about the meaning of it all just sit back and absorb the sonic vibrations.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Soundscapes
|Ode To Gravity: George Antheil & Four Lives in Paris|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three recordings of compositions by George Antheil, the original bad boy of music, who lived from 1900 to 1959. Amirkhanian also discusses “Four Lives in Paris,” Hugh Ford’s book documenting the lives of Antheil, Kay Boyle, Harold Stearns, and Margaret Anderson as Americans living in France during the heady days of the early 20th century. Published by North Point Press of Berkeley, California, the volume brings to light information about four, representative,...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; George Antheil
|Ode To Gravity: Aspects of the Visionary|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Graham, Gerry Duncan, and Christopher & Teresa Venne about their publication “Attitudes 1”, a futuristic thought collection issued in mid-1971. The publication grew out of the groups interest in the work of British economist, Robert Theobald, but evolved past his theories of a guaranteed annual income, to embrace more Utopian and Spiritual theories, including reincarnation...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Lecture; Panel Discussion
|Ode to Gravity: Presented by Harry S. Baptist|
An eclectic collage of mostly unidentified music and sounds supposedly presented by those legendary KPFA music directors Harry S. Truman and John the Baptist. Some of the music heard can be tentatively identified as jazz pieces by the Phil Yost Trio, Chick Corea, and Benny Goodman, others seem to be by the Senufo peoples of Ivory Coast, and the pygmies of Burundi, as well as at least one and possibly two excerpts from Lou Harrison’s “Pacifika Rondo”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Soundscapes
|Ode to Gravity: The People's Opera 1970 (Aerosol, or The Computer That Couldn’t Hear)|
An intermedia opera, scored by Liam O’Gallagher, for four FM stations and a chorus of nine transistor radios with two soloist or maybe three...via the Bell System plus tapes of Robert Moran and Charles Amirkhanian. Reminiscent of some of John Cage’s aleatory compositions for FM radio this opera contains an amalgam of sounds ranging from Peking Opera, to sound poetry, to snippets of TV, to musicians performing on a variety of instruments...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Avant-Garde; Soundscapes
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|Ode to Gravity: Distel Bitzos|
While in Bern, Switzerland in the Summer of 1972, Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law, interviewed two avant-garde artists who were then working in the area of visual art and sound poetry. Born in 1942, Herbert Distel, had already produced a number of iconic works, including a large Styrofoam egg, which he famously photographed as it floated in a large body of water, as well as his mini museum, a cabinet featuring 500 tiny installations by some of the world’s greatest living artists...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Avant-Garde; Interview; Music
|Ode to Gravity: Ode to Ben Amirkhanian in honor of his 74th birthday|
Charles Amirkhanian with a special surprise program in honor of famous Armenian-American majors born on July 17, 1915, (his father Benjamin).
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Benjamin Amirkhanian
|Ode To Gravity: The Dial-A-Poem Poets|
Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Poetry; Spoken Word
|Ode to Gravity: An Evening of Jazz and Poetry|
A program of poetry, jazz, and text-sound composition, featuring works by the Bobby Scott Trio, Charles Amirkhanian, Miles Davis, and Chris Hottel. The program begins with an early version of one of Charles Amirkhanian’s popular works of sound poetry, “Radii,” which takes as its text every word in the dictionary that begins with “r-a-d-i”. This is followed by four pieces by the Bobby Scott Trio taken from an old 1953 Savoy recording (MG 15055)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Jazz; Poetry; Music; Interview
|Ode To Gravity: Do Fraig Amors, etc...|
Another excellent example of an early Ode to Gravity program. This time it is an interesting mix of music and spoken word, ranging from Medieval Germanic choral music, avant-garde orchestral works, American popular music from the 1920s or 1930s, canary’s chirping, spell casting, bowling advice and other assorted sounds.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Orchestral Music
|Ode to Gravity: Music from Sudan and Armenia|
In this program we hear music performed by Sudanese virtuoso Hamza El Din, as well as a selection of Armenian folk music, and an interview with Dikran Karagueuzian, editor of the San Francisco based newspaper, the Armenian Guardian.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; World Music
|Ode To Gravity: Music by Payne, Bielawa, and Gonsalves|
Charles Amirkhanian hosts a program featuring the music of three Bay Area composers, two of which join him in the studio to discuss their works. Maggi Payne and Bob Gonsalves are both graduates of the Master’s Degree program at Mills College in Electronic and Recorded Media from the Center for Contemporary Music. Payne, who could not make it to the KPFA studios due to illness, was at the time of this recording, director of the recording studio at the Center, and was serving as an engineer for ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Maggi Payne; Bob Gonsalves; Interview; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode To Gravity: The Music of Larry Parque|
A program dedicated to the music of San Francisco Bay Area composer Larry Parque, who has experimented extensively with graphic notation and mathematical forms in music. Parque, an architect and a member of the faculty of the San Francisco State University’s Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Department was, at the time of this recording, engaged in composing a work for 21 musicians and 21 film projectors...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Larry Parque; Music; Interview; New Music; Avant-Garde; Improvisation
|Ode to Gravity: 15th Anniversary Program|
On March 4, 1970 Charles Amirkhanian broadcast the first in a series of ongoing programs called Ode to Gravity. The focus of the program has been avant-garde and contemporary music, with forays into the realms of experimental literature as well as visual and performance art. Initially inspired by a live theater piece by Amirkhanian, in which assorted objects ranging from a marble to a mattress to a car fender were dropped from a balcony into a circle of spectators, the radio program, Ode to Grav...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Sound Poetry
|Ode to Gravity: The Environmental Songs of Phyllis Addison|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Phyllis Addison, who introduces a selection of her “environmental songs”. Addison studied at Mills College where she received a BA in composition and environmental science and an MFA in electronic music and recording media. Her background as a classical pianist and a rock keyboardist and singer inform her own pieces. In this program she presents a selection of commercially unavailable songs, composed using the first generation of digital samplers and s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music
|Ode To Gravity: A Live Piano Recital by Klaus Billing|
Pianist Klaus Billing, a West German virtuoso specializing in the 20th Century repertoire, visits the KPFA studio for a live recital. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Mr. Billing about the works he has selected to perform.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Piano Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Ode to Gravity: Amuck Amuck|
A appreciation of selected verbal activities. From Dial-A-Prayer and Gertrude Stein to the Ketjak, Harry Partch, the Congo and world champion bowler Don Carter this program is a aural collage of sound poetry, excerpts from literature, ephemeral programs, and televised sound bites. Included is a complete performance of Steve Reich's It's Gonna Rain.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; Poetry
|Ode to Gravity: The California College of Arts and Crafts - An Interview with Robert Forth & Michael McClure|
On the occasion of the 100th birth of Frederick Meyer, founder of California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Charles Amirkhanian talks with two faculty members, Robert Forth, artist and Director of Academic Affairs, and Michael McClure, poet and playwright. Founded in 1907, CCAC (known now as the California College of the Arts) has always offered innovative and unconventional programs for artists, and prides itself on its creative faculty and experimental approach to art and art education...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; CCAC; CCA; Interview; Modern Art; Art Schools
|Ode to Gravity: A Visit with Lars Gunnar Bodin|
On a live broadcast recorded February 25, 1971, Charles Amirkhanian talked with Lars-Gunner Bodin, Music Director of the Swedish Center for Technological Art, Fylkingen, regarding activities of the institution. Recent works produced there were also heard, including "Traces "(1970) by Bodin, "Don't Hesitate" by Sten Hanson, "Cybo II" (1967) by Bodin, and "Mr. Smith in Rhodesia" by Ake Hodell.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Lars Gunnar Bodin
|Ode To Gravity: Silvia Nakkach, 1992|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer, performer, and music therapist Silvia Nakkach (pronounced ‘nah-kash’). Born in Buenos Aires, Nakkach studied composition at Mills College with Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom. She has since gone on to become the founder and director of The Vox Mundii Project, where Nakkach uses her singing as a means of healing and has explored the integration of classical and indigenous chants with other spiritual practices.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Silvia Nakkach; Interview; Music; New Music
|Ode to Gravity: Stories and Poems by Mort Bennett and others|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Mort Bennett, a Berkeley California writer, who reads several short stories and poems written by himself, as well as some translations he has made of poems by others.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Poetry; Mort Bennett
|Ode to Gravity: CalArts Text-Sound Concert|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces an evening of text-sound pieces, recorded live in concert at the California Institute of the Arts on February 13, 1972,. Pieces heard were mostly composed by students of Ingram Marshall's, first in the world seminar on text sound compositions at Cal Arts. Also heard is a tape of a piece composed by the Swedo-Finish composer Tex Sound (E. Thogrim Baesjehode) as well as a piece (Moonbeams for Bedfellows) composed by Anne Mazonson based on a poem by Larry Eigner.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; CalArts
|Ode to Gravity: Interviews with Hans Heinsheimer & Tom Johnson|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Hans Heinsheimer, author of Best Regards to Aida, and one of 20th Century music’s most important publishing figures. His career spanned fifty years beginning with Universal Edition in 1923 and continuing with Boosey & Hawkes and Schirmer’s through 1979. At the age of 75, he offers his reminiscences about such personal acquaintances as Kurt Weill, Bela Bartok, and George Antheil...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Hans Heinsheimer; Tom Johnson; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
|Ode To Gravity: Barton and Priscilla McLean|
Composer-performers Barton and Priscilla McLean of Austin Texas are Charles Amirkhanian’s guests on this edition of Ode to Gravity. This husband and wife duo introduce a number of their primarily electro-acoustic pieces. Their work often has an environmental or political dimension, as is the case with The Last Ten Minutes, which envisions a nuclear holocaust, and Beneath the Horizon III which combines whale songs with a tuba solo to create an evocative sense of longing.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode to Gravity: The Music of Shulamit Ran|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the young Israeli composer Shulamit Ran. Ran studied with Paul Ben-Haim from 1960 to 1963 and then at the Mannes College of Music in New York from 1963 to 1967 as a pianist and composer. This recording was made on February 27, 1981 in Chicago, where Ran was currently teaching at the University of Chicago.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Art Songs; Shulamit Ran
|Ode to Gravity: Bruce Hale, John Bischoff, and the Center for Contemporary Art|
The Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College is well known for it ambitious schedule of activities. John Bischoff and Bruce Hale talk with Charles Amirkhanian about their new activity, a Center for Contemporary Art, which is proposed to operate out of Mills and will emphasize video works and instruction. Hale describes the difficulties video artists have in getting their work distributed, due to the fact that most artist can only afford to work with half inch tape while TV only broadcasts ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Modern Art; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode To Gravity: Charlie Morrow and New Wilderness Audiographics|
From an interview recorded in December of 1977 and broadcast on June 26, 1978, Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York composer and producer, Charlie Morrow, at his home on West End Avenue in Manhattan. Morrow was, at the time of this recording, director of the New Wilderness Foundation, which issued a remarkable series of cassette tapes featuring experimental music, text-sound compositions, and field recordings, created by a variety of avant-garde composers and poets...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Charlie Morrow; Music; Interview; New Music
|Ode to Gravity: Avant-Garde Music and Art Festivals in Europe|
A program produced by Charles Amirkhanian, while he was in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program with VPRO (Holland Radio). Amirkhanian reviews a number of European musical festivals, including a concert of Letterist music. In addition Charles interviews Pierre Boulez after a recent performance of his works. Also interviewed is composer Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany as he prepares for the premiere of his work, Zwei-Mann Orchester, a work scored for homemade instruments, crudely ope...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode To Gravity: Interview with Jochen Gerz|
A visit with German publisher Jochen Gerz, whose Agentzia Editions were designed to explore the medium of the book in new ways. Gerz, who was residing in Paris when this interview took place in June of 1972, talks with Charles Amirkhanian about his idea that books are too slow for most modern minds. Therefore his Agentzia books were designed to be read in about 5-10 minutes. How is this possible? Listen and see...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Experimental Literature; Modern Art; Jochen Gerz
|Ode to Gravity: Interview with Marin Alsop|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Marin Alsop, conductor of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Symphony, and her own group Concordia, which has commissioned a number of contemporary works. At the time of this interview she had just become the new director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. Marin Alsop studied under Leonard Bernstein about whom she shares some of her memories. Although born in New York, she has worked on the West Coast for many years and is very sympathetic to West Coast compos...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
|Ode to Gravity: Interview with Jacques Bekaert|
The radical Belgian political reporter Jacques Bekaert, a star of that country’s free-swinging national radio program, King Kong, is surreptitiously a prolific and talented avant-garde composer. While in the States to cover the 1972 presidential race he talked with Charles Amirkhanian about his music in this informal interview. Bekaert gives his impressions of the Nixon presidential campaign and then introduces four of his pieces, including a work utilizing the election eve speech of American ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Jacques Bekaert
|Ode To Gravity: The Sound Poetry of Sten Hanson|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of Sten Hanson, a writer turned sound poet who has been one of the most active composers of the Fylkingen group in Stockholm. The program includes an interview recorded on April 12, 1972 in Sweden, in which Hanson describes how he puts together his works and describes the computer studio for electronic music in Stockholm where he creates his sound poetry. Also heard are some of Hanson’s amusing voice pieces which are both political and humorous...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Sten Hanson
|Ode to Gravity: John Dinwiddie vs. the Future of Music|
Berkeley composer John Dinwiddie presents a concert of live music in minimal formats with nine performers. The works include Quiver (a piece for prepared piano), Music for Eight Point Eight Piano Players, The Tomb of Alexander Scriabin, My Triple Fingerrrring, The Raven's Revenge, Mouth Music, another version of Quiver, and a group improvisation based on the elements of all the forgoing.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; New Music; John Dinwiddie
|Ode to Gravity: Pianos Not Rag|
Originally billed as “a survey of recorded keyboard literature simultaneous with a production of The Verbal Séance Players”, this program is a mix of music, mostly piano, but also some jazz and bits of orchestral works seemingly randomly overlaid with multiple tracks of poetry, recited by a variety of voices. One of the pieces of poetry is tentatively identified at the start of the program as being “Words” a 1969 text-sound composition by Charles Amirkhanian...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Poetry
|Ode to Gravity: Peter Michael Hamel|
Peter Michael Hamel is a young German composer working outside the realm of traditional Central European avant-garde music. His Dharana, for solo group, orchestra and tape, was played at the 1973 Donaueschingen Music Festival in performance recorded here under the direction of Ernest Bour. Also, some selections from his solo album of electronic meditation music and a personal visit with the composer, recorded in Donaueschingen.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Peter Michael Hamel
|Ode to Gravity: Songs and Writings of Ned Rorem|
In this edition of Ode To Gravity Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of art songs by Ned Rorem interspersed with excerpts from Rorem’s book, “Music from Inside Out”, in which the composer discusses history and art of song writing. For additional works by Rorem be sure to check out the recently released CD “The Songs of Ned Rorem”, from the Other Minds record label and available at www.otherminds.org.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Art Songs; Ned Rorem
|Ode to Gravity: The Sundial: A Poem in Twelve Cantos by Chris Hottel|
Berkeley poet Christopher Hottel reads a lengthy work titled “The Sundial, A Poem in Twelve Cantos”, which he wrote in 1971. Hottel has published a book, “The Knives of Dawn” published by OYEZ Press in Berkeley, California.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Poetry; Christopher Hottel
|Ode To Gravity: Art and Music of Gerd De Vries|
Charles Amirkhanian presents a program on German composer and musicologist, Gerd de Vries, whose efforts to modernize the establishment music dictionary Riemann’s “Musick Lexicon” have been much appreciated by avant-garde composers. Due to his efforts, entries for such important composers as John Cage have gone from being just a couple of sentences to now filling up more than a page in this well known musical reference work...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Modern Art; Gerd De Vries
|Ode To Gravity: Stressmitter Bamba|
On a lazy Wednesday evening in 1970 Charles Amirkhanian and Bob Bergstresser ensconced themselves into the KPFA studios and produced this eclectic mix of electro-acoustic music. The variety of sounds range from meditative strings to percussive bells with a little bit of everything else in between. Heard with out interruption this program is a sonic landscape that will quickly entrance the accepting ear.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode to Gravity: Computer Music Panel|
The advent of the commonly available personal computer took the digital revolution further than some dreamed possible. Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman host a discussion with composers Henry Kaiser and journalists, including the editors of Electronic Musician, Keyboard, and Mac User magazines. The topic of discussion is the use of personal computers by both professional and amateur musicians for musical composition and performance...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode to Gravity: Bob Cobbing|
One of the best known sound poets in the world is Bob Cobbing, a dynamic gentleman who is active as a concrete (visual) poet, a performer of sound poetry, and a composer of taped poems. Cobbing talks about his activities as a book store operator (he ran Better Books in London for many years, turning it into a leading distribution point for avant-garde poets) and as a publisher of visual poetry. You will hear a selection of his sound poems and an engaging interview recorded in Cobbing’s home as...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Bob Cobbing
|Ode To Gravity: New Music and New Books on Music|
In this educational and erudite program, recorded on February 25, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian begins by introducing two compositions: “Inori” a work for orchestra by Karlheinz Stockhausen, who in an interview with Dutch Radio describes his disappointment with the lack of popular engagement with many of his compositional choices; and “Empty Mirror” a 1975 text-sound composition by Neil Rolnick...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; New Music; Orchestral Music
|Ode to Gravity: Music by Henry Brant, Nicolay Medtner, & Bonifazio Asioli|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces works by Henry Brant, Nicolay Medtner, & Bonifazio Asioli. The first piece “Millennium IV” by Henry Brant is a piece of spatial music for brass quintet, and is from the Nonesuch recording (H 71222). Next are two piano sonatas performed by Vladimir Pleshakov. The first is the “Sonata-Ballada” by Russian composer Nicolay Medtner (Orion ORS 7019), followed by the “Sonata in C Major” by Bonifazio Asioli (Orion ORS 7026).
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical